Families Beware of those Spiders

The thought of spiders crawling anywhere around our homes is enough to make us all squirm, but to children, they may seem harmless and cute. Spiders are insects that love our dry Southwest landscapes which is why it’s so important to talk about the type of spiders that could harm them. You and your children should be informed about two spiders in particular; the black widow and the brown recluse. Most people may not know this but most spiders are non-venomous, expect for these two.

Spider bites facts

  • Most spiders are harmless; the two exceptions in the U.S. are the black widow and brown recluse spiders.
  • Spider bites are actually rare occurrences, and most presumed cases of spider bites are likely due to another condition that mimics the symptoms of a spider bite.
  • Bites from most (non-poisonous) spiders cause local redness, irritation, and pain that usually can be treated at home.

If you suspect your child has been bitten by any type of spider, contact your doctor immediately or in case of an emergency call 911.

Source credit: http://www.medicinenet.com/spider_bites_black_widow_and_brown_recluse/article.htm